Navy names Adm. Stockdale award winners


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"The Navy awarded its top leadership prize to the former commanding officer of a destroyer and the CO of an attack submarine, the chief of naval personnel announced Monday.

The joint winners of the prestigious Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale leadership award, given annually to the Navy’s top two COs, were selected from a competitive field of 10 finalists and represent both the Pacific and Atlantic fleets.

Cmdr. Chase Patrick, the Pacific Fleet winner, was chosen for his time in 2011 commanding the destroyer Chafee, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia, Patrick commanded Chafee until October, 2011. During his 18-year career, Patrick has served aboard cruisers Lake Erie and Port Royal, frigate Crommelin, destroyer Paul Hamilton and was the executive officer on destroyer Chung-Hoon, according to his official biography. Patrick holds master’s degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and the Marine Corps University, Command and Staff College.

Cmdr. Brian Sittlow, CO of Norfolk, Va.-based attack sub Boise, is the Fleet Forces Command winner. Sittlow is a 1993 Naval Academy graduate who has served aboard attack subs Archerfish and Virginia, deep submergence vessel NR-1 and ballistic missile sub Henry M. Jackson, according to his official bio. Sittlow holds a master’s degree from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

The award guidelines require eligible peers to nominate commanding officers, who are commanders and below, from unrestricted line commands. Nominees are screened by how well they embody the leadership ethos of Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale, a Vietnam P.O.W. who earned a Medal of Honor for leading a resistance campaign against his North Vietnamese captors. "